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  • Investigative series: Nursing homes in the Sauk Valley

    Sauk Valley Media reviewed nearly 4,000 pages of documents – including inspection reports, enforcement letters, and plans of correction – an ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 2:50 pm
  • ‘She had been on assignment for God’

    DIXON – Carolyn Aurand was an angel.The Dixon woman, along with her husband, brought the Bible to life for convicted criminals at the Dixon ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 6:31 pm
  • Judge considers Crundwell restitution

    ROCKFORD – In the next 30 days, a federal judge could issue two judgments related to former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell and the governm ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 6:56 pm
  • Christmas cash coming from many sources

    What plans do you have for all your extra money in 2015?Gasoline prices keep dropping.Your state income tax falls by 25 percent on Jan. 1.So ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 6:47 pm
  • Plans lessen accidents’ impact

    The only thing worse than having a car accident is having it at night.   In the cold, alone. Knowing what to do before an accident ever ha ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 1:13 pm
  • From Chicago with love

    STERLING – Can’t make it to Chicago this weekend? Then be sure to check out O’Dawgs downtown near the theater, a new dive that boasts Windy ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 1:33 pm
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  • Harold 'Bud' Null Jr.

    STERLING — Harold "Bud" Null Jr., 59, of Sterling, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at his home.Arrangeme ...
    Dec. 21, 2014 - 5:29 pm
  • Joyce M. Dickinson

    MORRISON — Joyce M. Dickinson, 89, of Morrison, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon.
    Dec. 21, 2014 - 5:28 pm
  • Shelby J. Walker

    MOUNT MORRIS – Shelby J. Walker, 72, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home in Mount Morris.
    Dec. 21, 2014 - 5:21 pm
  • Marie L. Flosi

    STERLING – Marie L. Flosi, 71, of Sterling, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at her home. She was born ...
    Dec. 21, 2014 - 5:17 pm
  • Diane J. Schmidt

    MOUNT MORRIS – Diane J. Schmidt, 53, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer, in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mount Morris.
    Dec. 21, 2014 - 5:15 pm
  • Sylvia A. Schmarje

    STERLING – Sylvia A. Schmarje, 91, of Sterling, died Thursday, December 18, 2014, at her home.She wa ...
    Dec. 21, 2014 - 4:09 pm
  • William J. ‘Bill’ Norman

    MORRISON – William J. “Bill” Norman, 77, of Morrison, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Morrison Community Hospital. He was employed for 42 years by Ge ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 6:59 pm
  • Janice L. Adams

    CHADWICK – Janice L. Adams, 73, of Chadwick, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling,
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 6:59 pm
  • Vivienne I. Gowan

    PROPHETSTOWN – Vivienne I. Gowan, 98, formerly of Rock Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Prophets Riverview Nursing Home. She was employed for m ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 6:59 pm
  • Margie J. Gilmore

    STERLING – Margie Joan Gilmore, 88, of Sterling, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at her home.She was b ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 6:59 pm
  • Dixon man to continue on board

    SPRINGFIELD – David Cain, general manager for LRB Distributors Inc. in Dixon, was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Associated Beer Distribu ...
    Dec. 20, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Area hospital to get new name

    MENDOTA – Mendota Community Hospital will be renamed OSF Saint Paul Medical Center.The hospital boar ...
    Dec. 20, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • From Chicago with love

    STERLING – Can’t make it to Chicago this weekend? Then be sure to check out O’Dawgs downtown near the theater, a new dive that boasts Windy City fare ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 1:33 pm
  • Internet kills the TV star

    One thing I hate about television is all the advertisements. I go out of my way to avoid them. The funny thing is, now that I’m in college, that’s wha ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 2:13 pm
  • Christmas tree care tips offered

    URBANA – The National Fire Protection Association has reported that from 2007 to 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Dixonite becomes fraternal life officer

    DIXON – Czechoslovak Society of America Fraternal Life in New York named Matthew Koski of Dixon as the group’s executive secretary Nov. 14.
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Annual fundraiser results announced

    The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. helped local 501c-3 nonprofit organizations raise more than $5.8 million through its semi-annual Community Days event.
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Chamber program helps students

    ROCK FALLS – Brent Bolland-Prom joined the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce Intern Team in November.Th ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Time to move on: Nichols Greenhouse closing after 41 years

    DIXON – Just below a small hill in southwest Dixon sits a storefront-style sign at the top of Nichols Greenhouse, where a favorite local flower source ...
    Dec. 10, 2014 - 10:05 am
  • Rochelle hospice earns recognition

    ROCHELLE – The “We Honor Veterans Program” of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has awarded Unity Hospice of Western Illinois with ...
    Dec. 6, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Christmas tree disposals set in Sterling

    STERLING – Christmas trees from Sterling residents will be collected during the first 2 weeks of January.
    Dec. 21, 2014 - 4:15 pm
  • Games, prizes, food part of event at youth center

    AMBOY – A Teen Turf lock-in and dance for students in junior high and older will be Dec. 29.The even ...
    Dec. 20, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Whiteside trail contest finalist

    SPRINGFIELD – The recreational trail between Morrison and Morrison-Rockwood State Park was a finalist in this year’s state Hometown Awards competition ...
    Dec. 20, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Support Groups, Clubs, and Services

    TodayAlcoholics Anonymous, 9 a.m., closed, Big Book, United Methodist Church, 201 E. Chicago Ave., D ...
    Dec. 20, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Seek ways to love lost ones

    Christmas always brings me face to face with my ministry to the least. As John the Baptist called the down-and-out to the wilderness to be baptized, h ...
    Dec. 20, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Variety of ways exist to reduce seasonal trash

    OREGON – Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department offers ideas on how to cut back on holiday waste.
    Dec. 20, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Candles to be lit during service

    MOUNT MORRIS – An annual candlelight service will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at Evangelical Free Church of Mount Morris, 102 S. Seminary Ave.
    Dec. 20, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Area graduate earns scholarship

    NORMAL – Kelly Zook of Rock Falls, a graduate student in exercise physiology, is one of 10 students to earn a $500 University Club scholarship at Illi ...
    Dec. 20, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Support Groups, Clubs, and Services

    Friday, Dec. 19Childhood immunization clinic; women, infants and children clinic; and family plannin ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 9:56 pm
  • Support Groups, Clubs, and Services

    Thursday, Dec. 18Women, infants and children clinic; and family planning services, all by appointmen ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:10 pm
  • Center helps disabled find jobs

    SPRINGFIELD – Barely a generation ago, it was common for people with intellectual disabilities to sp ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 1:31 pm
  • Sex abuse charge for instructor

    JACKSONVILLE (AP) – Illinois State Police says they’ve arrested an instructor at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired for alleged aggravated ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 9:58 pm
  • Chickenpox forces prison lockdown

    CHESTER (AP) – A southern Illinois maximum-security state prison is in lockdown because five inmates in one housing unit have developed chickenpox.
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 8:12 pm
  • jobless rate falls to 6.4 percent

    CHAMPAIGN (AP) – Illinois’ unemployment rate fell in November to its lowest level since June 2008, hitting 6.4 percent, the state Department of Employ ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 9:58 pm
  • Quincy mother gets 2 years for unlawful restraint

    QUINCY (AP) – A Quincy woman has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for locking her 5-year-old son in their basement.
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 7:44 pm
  • Report: Illinois fails to monitor runaway kids

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Illinois’ child-welfare agency cannot properly account for thousands of runaway or otherwise missing foster-care children, is slopp ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 8:07 pm
  • Quinn calls session for comptroller election

    CHICAGO (AP) – Outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn has called state lawmakers back to Springfield next month to consider a 2016 special election to replace the la ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 8:06 pm
  • Report: Illinois fails to monitor runaway kids

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An audit has found that Illinois does a poor job monitoring and tracking children who run away from foster homes.
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 3:56 pm
  • Caterpillar sees Cuba relations as an opportunity

    PEORIA (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. sees President Barack Obama's change in U.S. policy toward Cuba as a potential business opportunity.
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 2:52 pm
  • George Ryan: Cuba relations will open markets

    CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, who made a historic trip to Cuba 15 years ago, says restoring diplomatic relations with the island na ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 2:52 pm
 

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